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Frugal Fashion: Sienna Miller's animal instincts

October 13, 2010 |  7:00 am

Sienna There’s no escaping the flashbulbs that surround British actress Sienna Miller whenever she steps into public view. Throughout her tumultuous relationship with fellow Brit Jude Law, the paparazzi have been there every step of the way to capture the young starlet.  Whatever love interest is putting her in the spotlight, we’re glad she’s in it, because what’s really interesting about Miller is not her love life; it’s her wardrobe.

Whether she’s walking off a movie set, sitting on a talk show host’s couch or grabbing a coffee, Miller is sure to be sporting an envy-inducing outfit. She helped make the bohemian peasant top and cut off shorts a world-wide trend but she’s a true sartorial chameleon, with an unparalleled versatility that translates to a stylish outfit for any occasion. 

She was recently photographed at the opening ceremony of the Dinard British Film Festival in France wearing separates from her own Twenty8Twelve label, started by Miller and her sister Savannah. Her figure-hugging animal print pencil skirt was just wild enough to tame with a black shell and polished, cropped black jacket. Her sharp but muted accessories helped finish the look with her Chanel bag and patent leather Louboutin heels.  

Leopard Bodycon Skirt - Skirts - Clothing - Topshop_1286862718713 Chances are you’ll have a plain black shell of some sort in your closet already, so we’ll leave the boring stuff out and get to the good stuff for this week’s frugal alternatives. Use your animal instincts to find this skirt from TopShop for $34.99.

Ponte Mesh Crop Jersey Jacket - Jackets - Clothing - Topshop_1286862951064 Refine your wild side with this cropped black jacket, also by TopShop for $71.58. With nude mesh lining, three-quarter-length sleeves, a sleek collar and optional cuffs, it's a jacket that's conservative enough to wear to work and playful enough for a happy hour after party.

JCPenney : east5th® Belted Pencil Skirt_1286864090407 The total before taxes comes to $106.57. If you find yourself on an even tighter budget, we've got you covered with another option. Try this animal print pencil skirt from JCPenney for $19.99. You'll get the same body-con animal look for even less.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

Photos top: Sienna Miller at the Dinard British Film Festival in France. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain /Getty. Photo right: Animal print skirt from TopShop. Credit: TopShop. Photo left: Cropped jacket form TopShop. Credit: TopShop. Photo bottom: Animal print skirt from JCPenney. Credit: JCPenney.